While we are aware of how desert plants such as cacti cope with water scarcity, is it possible to successfully produce crops in countries like Australia in the face of climate disruption such as the Millennium Drought?

Dr Greg Rebetzke leads a research group at CSIRO, Australia, which aims to improve the productivity of wheat (one of the world's most important cereal crops)  in water-limited environments. Working alongside commercial partners and programmes, he contributes new developments in plant breeding for adaptation to the changing world, particularly in the face of varying patterns of drought. His seminar at LEC will focus on the state-of-the-art methods he uses to assess success in a crop breeding program, and its potential contribution to securing food security in some of the world’s poorest areas.

All are welcome to join us for this Fascination of Plants Day public event.

Discussion will continue after the seminar over drinks and nibbles provided by our resident journals New Phytologist and Journal of Experimental Botany. For catering purposes please register for free.

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